Let’s talk about rotisserie chicken. It is delicious. It is a time saver. It is perfect for lazy cooks like me. One night last week I went to the store and picked up a rotisserie chicken. I got two meals out of it and I probably would have been able to even stretch that to three had I not given my dog a couple generous portions throughout the next few days. For the first meal we simply ate the chicken plain and I served a side salad along with it. Rotisserie chickens give you A LOT of meat so I had to come up with a way to use up the leftover chicken meat. I came up with this dish, spicy lemon chicken pasta. It’s so simple and really quite yummy. (more…)
I should really cook with chicken more. I cook with it a fair amount but I just realized that not many of my recipes on this blog include chicken, which is weird because it’s one of the most popular foods around. It’s pretty versatile. You can do a lot with chicken. It’s also a healthy, lean protein, which I could definitely eat more of. Another plus is that Matt loves chicken. I’ve mentioned before that I could live off of vegetables and carbs so sometimes cooking with meat is a challenge for me. I’m always looking for recipes that incorporate meat in a way that both Matt and I will be happy with.
This turned out to be a really satisfying meal. I made up the recipe as I went along (as I often do) and the ingredients wound up complimenting each other nicely. I served this with my roasted vegetable couscous but this could easily be served over some angel hair pasta or some brown rice or even alongside some simple roasted potatoes. This meal definitely falls under the comfort food category in my book. Both cooking it and eating it turned out to be very relaxing. Tender chicken cooked in white wine, chicken broth and thyme with loads of fresh asparagus and baby portabellas, what could be more comforting than that? (more…)
I truly love couscous and if you follow my blog you probably already know that (I have posted quite a few couscous recipes). I love cooking and eating it. It’s so versatile. You can flavor it with so many different things. I almost always put lemon juice in mine, and this roasted vegetable couscous was no exception. This was the perfect accompaniment to my chicken with wine and thyme sauce (recipe to come). The lemon juice brightens the flavor so it’s still light and fresh enough for summer, but the roasted vegetables give the dish a nice depth, so it also works for fall.
You can really use whichever veggie combination sounds good to you, whatever you have on hand, as long as they roast well (obviously don’t use veggies like cucumbers or celery). I happened to have asparagus spears, sliced baby portabella mushrooms (another item I cook with frequently), red bell pepper, leftover yellow squash, and some red onion. All the veggies should be cut into bite sized pieces. (more…)
Some of my favorite meals don’t include meat. I’m not a vegetarian but if I had to cut out one food group it would definitely be meat. I just don’t crave it the way I do other food groups, like carbs, unfortunately. Sunday night’s dinner was yet another meatless meal for me. I wanted something with a bit of an Indian flavor and this is what I came up. In this dish, potatoes and chickpeas are flavored with garlic, ginger, cumin, turmeric and red chili flakes. One of the most important components of this dish is the carmelized onions. I let the onions cook probably for about 15 minutes until they turned a deep brown color and became really sweet. This really adds an amazing deep flavor to the dish so be patient as they carmelize. Greek yogurt, cilantro and lime are the perfect finish to the meal and add a nice freshness to the potatoes and chickpeas.
Side note, I also made beef enchiladas, courtesy of The Pioneer Woman, because unlike me, my husband eats a lot of meat. (more…)
This may be the best pasta dish I’ve ever made. You won’t miss the meat at all, I promise. The pasta is full of flavor with beefy baby portabello mushrooms, grated zucchini, and freshly grated pecorino romano or parmesan cheese. Seriously, I could have eaten the whole thing in one sitting. I ate about half…Self control.
Anyway, make this pasta. It’s delicious. (more…)
This is almost too embarrassing to post as a recipe because it starts with these eggplant cutlets from Trader Joe’s. So, it literally requires almost no work. But this “recipe” is perfect for those nights where you just don’t feel like cooking at all. Also, most of you will have these ingredients in your pantry. (more…)
I feel incredibly blessed to live in an area with great restaurants and only 45 minutes away from New York City, home to some of the greatest restaurants in the world. When we want to go out to dinner, our options are seemingly limitless. Thai, Indian, Greek, Italian, you name it and we can easily find it. (more…)
Guacamole is a staple in my house, meaning, I make it and eat it on a regular basis. I know there are thousands of recipes out there for guacamole, but I really believe mine is the best. Maybe that’s arrogant, but it comes out perfect every time and my dad, who is not a guacamole fan, actually eats mine. So, it’s pretty darn good. It’s especially good this time of year, when the tomatoes are ripe and the avocados are in good condition. I made an especially good batch last night… (more…)
I love homemade pizza. Well, I love eating the homemade pizza. I HATE rolling out the dough because it never seems to cooperate with me, but once I have that part done, I enjoy the rest of the process – i.e. the toppings, and the eating. Normally I just go with plain pizza dough and then I top it with whatever I’m in the mood for. However, I was shopping at Trader Joe’s the other day and I saw they had flavored pre-made pizza dough and I figured I’d give it a whirl. I decided to try the garlic & herb pizza dough. (more…)
Lentils are not a hard thing to cook, but I’ve noticed they can take a long time to absorb liquid and become tender. I’ve discovered an even easier way to prepare a lentil dish. I buy pre-cooked lentils from Trader joes. It cuts my cooking time in half! (more…)